“You want to protect the world, but you don’t want it to change. You’re all puppets, tangled in strings… strings!” This quote was from Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which came out on May 1st. I had the great privilege to see the film with my good friend Jeff (a.k.a. @ReimHelix on Twitter) this past Sunday. We had been planning to meet up for weeks and Age of Ultron was the perfect film to do this. It had humor, action, and great visuals effects. Definitely, worth seeing in my opinion.
The film begins with our heroes attacking a HYDRA base in the fictional country of Sokovia to retrieve Loki‘s scepter. They encounter the Twins, Pietro (Quicksilver) and Wanda Maximoff (Scarlett Witch), who were enhanced beings. In the comics, they were mutants and for a number of years, Magneto was thought to have been their father. Due to FOX owning the X-Men film rights, the Marvel Cinematic Universe cannot call the Twins mutants. The Twins would give trouble to the Avengers and it was Scarlett Witch who shows Tony Stark his fear, thus prompting him to experiment with Loki’s scepter. By doing this, Stark learns that the scepter’s gem could jump start the Ultron project. From there, things go down hill as Ultron decides that to save the world, he must destroy humanity. Initially, the Twins were on Ultron’s side, but once they discover that Ultron plans to unleash global destruction, they switch sides and aid the Avengers in stopping him.
I really like how James Spader portrayed Ultron as a psychotic android with an Oedipus Complex. The fact that James Spader and Robert Downey Jr. are really good friends helps make the Ultron and Iron Man scenes a blast. One of my favorite interactions between Ultron and Iron Man happens when Ultron was talking with Ulysses Klaw and has a fit when he’s considered one of Stark’s creations and says, “Don’t compare me with Stark! He’s a sickness!” Of course, Tony couldn’t resist a snarky comeback, “Aww, junior, you’re going to break your old man’s heart.” Another good moment was when Tony asks Ultron about his plans for the vibranium (the metal that Captain America’s shield was made from) and Ultron’s response was perfect. He say’s, “I’m glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan.” I laughed when he said that. Ultron was a major troll in the film. I loved that about his character.
The Vision was another cool part of the film because he’s the only person other than Thor to lift Mjölnir. That moment was priceless! You could hear the audience gasp when that happened. Jeff was even surprised. Another surprise was Hawkeye, who really shined in this film. After spending the previous film under Loki’s control, Hawkeye got his chance to shine. Hawkeye had some of the best one liners and was the only Avenger not to get affected by Scarlett Witch’s powers. Hawkeye’s interaction with Quicksilver was funny and I loved how Quicksilver would get under Hawkeye’s skin. At one point, Hawkeye says, “No one will have to know. I could do it, you know. ‘Where’s the kid?’ Oh, last I saw him, Ultron was sitting on him. Shame, really. Miss the little bastard already.” This made me chuckle. Despite, his annoyance, you can tell he cares deeply for both Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. His quote to Scarlett Witch, “if you step out that door, you’re an Avenger,” was really positive and showed why he’s needed on a team full of powered and enhanced people. He brings the human touch.
The Twins were handled really well in the film. From their hatred of Tony Stark to their decision to help the Avengers stop Ultron, I thought Josh Whedon was spot on. What didn’t really work in the film, however, was the Black Widow and Hulk romance. I don’t think it was bad, but I thought it was a little weak. I think the writers ran out of ideas of what to do with Black Widow and the Hulk. I do appreciate that they were trying to add more character development to both of them. But, it didn’t quite work in my opinion. Whedon also didn’t deserve the crap he got on Twitter for his portrayal of Black Widow. She had some great action scenes and funny moments. Marvel, however, needs to do something about the lack of Black Widow promotion in the Age of Ultron toy line. I feel her exclusion from a lot of the marketing of the film was terrible and needs to be rectified. Her exclusion, in my opinion, is insulting to the fans of her character.
Overall, Age of Ultron was a fun film filled with action, Hulk Smashing (loved The Hulk vs. the Hulkbuster armor fight), Ultron trolling, and great visuals. If you love Marvel or comic book movies, this film is for you. I highly recommend going with a friend. I give Age of Ultron an 8 out of 10.